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Nakaseke Reinstates Interdicted District Health Officer

Ssesimba was interdicted on 18th April 2012 by the Chief Administrative Officer Joyce Nambozo on the orders of Dr. Diana Atwine, the head of the Medicines and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit under State House. He was accused of embezzlement of funds and forgery.

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Nakaseke District has reinstated its District Health Officer Dr. Badru Ssesimba who was interdicted over abuse of office and fraud three years ago.

Ssesimba was interdicted on 18th April 2012 by the Chief Administrative Officer Joyce Nambozo on the orders of Dr. Diana Atwine, the head of the Medicines and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit under State House. He was accused of embezzlement of funds and forgery.

He is facing trial before the Anti-Corruption Court.

His reinstatement followed a resolution endorsing a statement presented to the District council by Richard Mavuma, the District Vice Chairperson. The statement dated March 28th, observes that the reinstatement of the interdicted official had become a legal requirement which needed urgent action to avoid unnecessary repercussions.

Nakaseke district Chairman Ignatius Koomu says that Ministry of Public Service standing orders stipulate that a civil servant is supposed to be interdicted for only six months, a period which elapsed before the court process ended.

Koomu explains that Ssesimba has since dragged the district to court challenging his prolonged interdiction and denial of justice. He fears that the district could lose millions of shillings in compensation if the trial went ahead.

Koomu adds that the Solicitor General, Directorate for Ethics and Integrity, the Office of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service have all ignored petitions for guidance from the district on the prolonged interdiction.

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But Zephaniah Musoke, the LC 5 Councilor for Kasangombe Sub County says that the development may jeopardize the process ongoing trial.

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Dr. Badru Ssesimba says that the district erroneously interdicted him on the orders of Dr Atwine, who has no mandate to cause the action as the Ministry of Public Service standing orders stipulate.

He however demands that the district compensates him for wrongful and prolonged interdiction and the charges in court be withdrawn before he gets back to office.

Efforts to talk to Dr. Diana Atwine the head of the Medicines and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit were unsuccessful.

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